1000cc MotoGP Testing May Begin in July

Dorna considers third in-season test

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Mar. 11, 2011
Race fans may get their first look at new 1000cc MotoGP racebikes as early as July.

According to Italian sports website La Gazzetta dello Sport, MotoGP promoter Dorna plans to add an in-season test on July 4 immediately after the Italian Grand Prix at the Mugello circuit.

Current regulations allow for two in-season tests with contracted racers, May 2 at Portugal’s Estoril circuit and Aug. 15 the Czech Republic’s Brno circuit. But with the series switching from the current 800cc engine displacement limit to 1000cc, the additional test will help in the development of the new engines.

The Estoril test takes place early in the season teams will be concentrating on development for the 2011 championship but some teams may be ready in July to test their 2012 machines at Mugello. The Brno test will likely see more teams working on the new prototypes as it makes little sense to continue developing the current 800cc engines with only a third of a season remaining before they get replaced.


The Mugello test may also see the debut of new manufacturers not currently racing in MotoGP. Norton plans to compete in the 2012 championship and Spanish engineering firm Inmotec, which tested an 800cc prototype at Spain’s Jerez circuit in May 2010, may return to test a 1000cc bike.

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